The official opening of the Arcata Plaza Farmers' Market is April 13th! Come out and enjoy the freshest produce Humboldt County has to offer, listen to some live music, and sample the tasty treats prepared by our Food Court vendors. We are excited to welcome two new Food Court vendors this season, the Ethiopian International Cafe and Beck's Bakery! Come say hi and see what they have to offer! The Winter Market at Cafe Brio was a tremendous success, and now we're ready to transition back on to the Plaza with fresh and new local produce each week! We'll see you there!
The North Coast Growers’ Association Farmers’ Market was established in 1978 by a handful of farmers. They began selling from the back of their trucks in the vacant lot at the foot of F and 7th Streets in Arcata. 2013 will be our 35th Season and now we have over 100 members. Membership in the NCGA is open to residents of Humboldt County.
NCGA was one of the 1st four Certified Farmers’ Markets in the State of California, and is now the longest continuously running Certified Market in the State. Certified markets were established to promote direct marketing (from the field to the consumer without a middleman). Farmers can only sell that which they have grown and the person selling must be the grower or an employee of the farm. Certified Markets are helping to bring back the small family farm by giving the farmer an opportunity to sell direct to the consumer at fair market value. It also ensures that what the consumer buys is a local product and not picked green and shipped thousands of miles from all over the world. The consumer is getting the freshest, vine ripened fruits, vegetables, local honey, Arcata Bay oysters, mushrooms, cheese, flowers, herbs, trees, and bedding plants direct from the producer. We also have local certified organic wine, local grassfed beef, lamb, and poultry.
What you’ll find at these markets: Eggs, dried and fresh cut flowers, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, greens, and salad mixes, tomatoes, corn, green beans, squash, artichokes, berries, peaches, dried and fresh herbs, mushrooms, oysters, grassfed beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, cactus, house and ornamental plants, bedding plants, shrubs, trees, bamboo, and flowering rhododendrons.
The market is full throughout the year with plant starts. Even the starts do better in the garden when they are raised in Humboldt County. The farmers select only the varieties that are hearty in our climate and the consumer is purchasing the same starts that the farmers themselves will be planting on their farms.
Along with farm fresh products, the Saturday Market is a weekly celebration with music and special events. There’s something for everyone.
Arcata Plaza is now open Year-Round!
The Main Season runs April 13 through November 16, 2013, 9am-2pm. Live music starts at 10am.
The Winter Market on the Plaza is open each Saturday during the off-season, rain or shine!
Weekday Markets open June – October:
- Tuesdays in Old Town 10 – 1pm
- Thursdays at Henderson Center 10 – 1pm
- Tuesdays at Wildberries Marketplace 3:30 – 6:30pm.
*Thursdays in the McKinleyville Shopping Center at the totem pole 3:30-6:30pm